Split – Croatia

Split regularly attracts millions of tourists every year and it’s a favourite among young visitors. The Croatian city is known for its vibrant spirit and its unique blend of the old and new.

However, it’s not just the feel of the city itself that makes Split such a popular tourist spot – Split has plenty to offer for tourists of all ages.

Places of Interest

Major attractions include:
Diocletian’s Palace – the historical Palace is considered ‘one of the best-preserved monuments of the Roman architecture in the world’, according to visitsplit.com, and it’s just one of Croatia’s many gems.

Temple of Jupiter – the temple dates back to Roman times. Inside the building, visitors will find several points of interest including the John the Baptiste statue as well as other fascinating sculptures.

Klis Fortress – in addition to its vineyards and olive trees, Klis is well-known for its spectacular fortress, which is well regarded for its stunning views. However, the Fortress remains relatively quiet and doesn’t pull in vast amounts of visitors.

The Krka National Park and the Mestrovic Gallery are definitely worth a visit and The St Dominus Cathedral is another popular attraction.
In addition, the promenade, Riva, is a must visit destination for the tourist.

For the more active, there’s plenty of opportunity for rock climbing, hiking and biking, and Kosovo also hosts some major marathons.

Festivals

Croatia is one of Europe’s main destinations for festivals and it hosts several large music festivals every year. The festivals attract local bands, but also groups with a global following, such as the Kings of Leon and Kasabian.

However, it’s not just musical festivals that have proven to be a huge draw – Croatia is a great venue for beer festivals. The Beats, Boogaloo and Beer Festival made its debut in 2017, and film festivals are a common feature too.

Accommodation

There is a great variance in accommodation prices, however, as with most places, you tend to get what you pay for, so shop around for the best value and for the most suitable accommodation.

Nightlife

Split provides a lively nightlife for visitors and locals alike. There are plenty of venues for people that like to party into the night, however, there’s also a great selection of cafes, restaurants and wine bars available.

For clubbers, some of the best-known night spots include the ShotGun Shooters Bar, which is famed for its cocktails, the Tropic Club and the Academia Club Ghetto.

Ionian Islands – Greece

Comprising of a series of stunning islands, the Ionian Islands make an idyllic tourist venue. And the islands incorporate several popular tourist destinations that visitors will be familiar with, including Corfu, Paxos and Zante.

The inhabitants of the Ionian Islands are known for their friendly nature, so guests can be assured a of a warm welcome.

Places of Interest

Visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches; Porto Katsiki and Myrtos are just two that you’ll find in the Greek Islands.
In addition, the Navagio Beach is one of the busiest attractions for day tourists, although it’s best avoided during peak times if you want to avoid the crowds.

However, the islands have a lot more to give tourists than sunny beaches. Some of the major landmarks/attractions include:

Keri Lighthouse – this is one of Greece’s historical points of interest and it dates back a century. In addition to the historic nature of the lighthouse, the views are spectacular by all accounts, and tourists rate it as a great place to witness the local sunsets.

The Old Fortress – situated on the island of Corfu, the Old Fortress has a vast history and it’s believed to date back to the 6th century. The Venetian castle attracts vast visitor numbers every year, and it’s considered by many to be a must see.
Several exhibitions are held there on an annual basis, so check before you go if there are any special events being planned.

Achillion Palace – situated in Gastouri, Corfu, Achillion Palace is another famous attraction; it’s known for its scenic views of the nearby coast and its beautiful landscaped gardens, and it’s steeped in history.

Festivals

With several Greek holidays and numerous festivals throughout the year, it seems there is nearly always a celebration of some sort going on in the Ionian Islands.

If you like your music, then Kefalonia is by far the best destination for music festivals, but it also hosts major food events, too.

Easter is also a good time to visit the islands as Corfu is known for its elaborate Easter celebration events. However, if you visit in August you’ll have chance to visit the wine festival, and if you visit earlier in the year, you’ll have the opportunity to witness the Carnival of Corfu which is held in March/April.

Accommodation

Hotels, boutique hotels, apartments and villas are just some of the accommodation choices. There are several low-priced hotels, which means the islands can be considered budget-friendly.

Activities

The Ionian Islands lend themselves well to sea sports; wind surfing, scuba diving and sailing are among the favourite activities. However, there are also venues like the Calypso Diving Centre, which make a great day out for all the family.

Nightlife

In the evenings, consider heading for Cephalonia. It’s got some great restaurants, and some of the little towns like Fiscardo are best explored at night time.

Gulf Of Gokova – Turkey

Known for its charming villages, islands, bays and beaches, the Gulf of Gokova is a popular tourist spot situated on the Aegean Coast.
It’s a hot spot for cruises, yachting and boating, and there is plenty of opportunity to stop off and explore all the Gulf has to offer along the way.
In addition, it’s a must for anyone with a keen interest in ancient history, with many historical sites points of interest.

Points of interest

With so many bays to explore, you’ll find plenty of stop off points. Some of the main attractions include:

Cleopatra’s Island – known for its clear, white sand and magnificent views, Cleopatra Island is also home to a series of coves and bays. Ideal for sunbathing, swimming and exploring, the Island is a common spot with tourists.

Dacta Penisula – a visit to the Gulf of Gokova presents a great opportunity to visit the Dacta Peninsula, which is known for its restaurants, but there are plenty of beaches to visit and coves to view, as well as the picturesque scenery to enjoy.
Other tourist attractions notable sites are the tomb of King Mausolus in Bodrum, which was named as one of the seven wonders of the world in Ancient times.

Bodrum Castle – the castle hosts several festivals throughout the year, so check what events are at the time of your visit. The castle is also home to the Museum of Underwater Archeology.

Activities

As well as cruising, the Gulf of Gokova makes an ideal holiday spot for anyone who enjoys high octane activity such as kite surfing, white water rafting and skiing. However it is also well suited to tourists who enjoy more relaxed activities like swimming, boating, yachting and even cycling.

For those with an interest in history, Knidos, where the ancient Greek ruins lay, is a great place to visit. You’ll also find the Knidos Theatre there, complete with its stunning scenery. However, the site is a favourite among tourists, so it’s usually busy depending on the time of year you go.

If you’re looking to avoid the crowds, Akyaka is one of the quieter villages which oozes local, traditional charm. Once there, you’ll discover plenty of eateries and bars to relax in.

Night time

Bodrum is perhaps the best location if you’re looking for a lively nightlife. There are numerous nightclubs based there, with the Kule Rock City Bar, Kuba Bar and the Temple Bar all highly rated.

Budva – Montenegro

Situated on the Adriatic Coast and with numerous hotels and multiple beaches, Budva, Montenegro, is a natural tourist haven.

Its striking coastlines incorporate nearly 20 beaches, and with such vast hotel accommodation to choose from, there is something for almost every budget.

Budva itself is known for its energy, and it’s favoured among younger crowds. As you might expect, Budva really comes to life at night time, and the summer months are the busiest.

In addition, Budva provides a good base to travel from, which is a major advantage. For example, less than 20 metres from Budva is Petrovac, which is famed for being sunny almost all the year round, so provided you pick the right time of year, you’re almost guaranteed good weather.

Points of Interest

Famed for its nightlife, there are plenty of local venues that are perfect for those who like to party the night away. However, there’s also something for those that prefer the beach life or who want to visit traditional tourist spots like the Stari Grad, which is one of the top attractions.

As well as its marble streets, Stari Gard is famed for its landmarks, but you’ll also find a vast shopping area, along with several restaurants and galleries to visit.

If you want to envelop yourself in local history, there are also several monasteries, museums and churches to visit such as the Rustovo Monastery.

Range of accommodation

Hotels, apartments, cottages, villas are just some of the types of accommodation available; he hotel pricing is suitable for a range of budgets.

Festivals and events

Budva is popular among festivals fans, and there are several annual cultural events that pull in the crowds.

Nevertheless, Budva is also home to more contemporary festivals. For instance, in 2017 it hosted the Seadance Festival, with acts like Fat Boy Slim and Sean Paul among the guests.

In addition, Budva is great for foodies, with two major festivals held annually.

The town hosts the Petrov’s Night festival in August and the Pasticada Fest in June; the Night Festival features music from local artists, and offers an opportunity to taste traditional sweets, local wines and food.

The Pasticada Fest food festival features local wines and foods and it’s held over a course of a day on Petrovac’s famous promenade.

Eating out/night life

If you are looking to dine out, some of the best rated restaurants in Budva include the Konoba Bocun, Taste of Asia and Kafana Rivijeria.